The Palisades Interstate Parks Commission (PIPC), the Mohonk Preserve, and the American Alpine Club are planning a campground in Gardiner on Route 299 that they claim PIPC can construct without local site plan review or zoning oversight. Community members have been seeking modest changes to the plan and operating policies, and a way to make sure those plans and policies don't change at will in the future. We are asking the Gardiner Town Board to assert the authority it has under its zoning laws to require site plan review and a special permit. Doing so will help the community successfully work with the parties planning the campground to create a durable agreement to prevent future problems at the site. Failing to do so will allow this site--and potentially others in the future--to be developed with no formal means of local input and without the regulations that would apply to any other individual or organization building a project in Gardiner.
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